Palo Alto Congresswoman’s quieter TV commercial law takes effect. Finally! Congress finally does something we like! Now our ears won’t be bleeding every time a commercial comes on.

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DefHarryMelon
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Exposing my old SPL meter to a few examples a couple years ago didn’t care about compression or frequencies. Had a 15 dB rise when the show broke to commercial and a 15dB drop when the commercials ended. One of the commercials in the midst of the seven minute commercial break took it up to +18 from the mean during the regular broadcast.

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flashingscotsman
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Sounds like it was louder.

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poppajoe49
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HEH? I can’t hear you, the commercials just came on!

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flashingscotsman
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WHAT!? I CAN’T HEAR YOU! I WORKED IN HEAVY CONSTRUCTION FOR 30 YEARS!!

Deaf in one ear, can’t hear out of the other one.

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poppajoe49
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I have tinnitis for around 30 years now.

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poppajoe49
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It does get to me sometimes, but for the most part I have trained myself to ignore it.

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flashingscotsman
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After 20 years or, I only hear all that racket when I think about it. I do, on occasion, get to listen to thousands of birds all happily chirping away, to the point where I have actually gone outside to see what kind of birds they were. “You don’t hear the birds?”
“Honey, there’s no birds.”

I’ve been working on my sunset photography lately, so I have an alarm set on my phone to remind me to go look at the sky every afternoon. Often, the phone is sitting right next to me on the desk when the alarm goes off. My lady, who is upstairs, hollers down to me to shut off the alarm, before I have any idea it’s going off. Hearing loss sucks.

Which reminds me. How are things going for you, Robert?

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sa_rose
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YES! I have some very minor
hearing loss (probably allergy and congestion as much as anything) and I find I am MUCH more sensitive. Certain pitches feel like an icepick in my eardrum! I thought I was crazy to be more sensitive, but hear less!

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flashingscotsman
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The weird part of hearing loss, at least in my case, is that, as the hearing is lost, sensitivity goes up. I still can’t hear what I want to hear, but loud noise is much more irritating.

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poppajoe49
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Yea, my other half still doesn’t get it that I can’t hear her when she’s in the other room talking with her back to me. She gets mad, saying I’m just ignoring her.

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rferris
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WOW This is meaningless! It has been illegal (FCC rules ) for commercials to be louder…..they are not actually louder, they are more compressed. Compressing the audio narrows the fidelity by reducing the bandwidth and putting more of the same level of signal into less bandwidth but making it
on the average appear louder but with lower fidelity.

I see nothing in this law that will actually address the issue of compressing comercials to make them sound louder

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sa_rose
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Penny wise and pound foolish. Focus on the little stuff you can accomplish easily and quikly and it takes the pressure off actually doing something useful and appropriate. There are no political blocks to sliencing commercials. Now try to get them to vote themselvs a cut in pay. Or a budget. This is a nioce move, but in the larger scheme opf things, pretty much a waste of time!

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RobertW
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KimmyQueen
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I was being cynical but it does warm my heart that SOMETHING positive was done for the American public so soon after the election. If she campaigned on this she gets props for getting on it. At least she can say that she is not a liar like Obamie.

However with all of that said, seriously if this is the type of stuff they are doing I really do fear for our State of the Union.

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Not so silent
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Problem is one attaboy does not make up for the thousands and thousands of screwups our leaders make every day…..Next she will tackle the issue of toilet paper softness….:)

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Jim Stewart
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Toilet paper softness, the second most important issue in a generation. That rest stop toilet paper can be used to strip paint.

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whiskeyriver
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Hush up Jim! Some gooberment snoop may be reading this and get ideas! I don’t want them messing with my Charmin. (snicker)

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Navyvet2
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Man, with all the problems we face they come up with this solution. Yeah I know, the blaring commercials (ESPN is the biggest offender) are annoying as hell, but I simply hit the mute button. I dont even have to get up off my ass to handle that problem. However, how about someone tackling the corruption in government issue. I’ll even get up off my ass to help on that one.

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Jim Stewart
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One of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. Now if we could something about the stupidity in commercials….. get of of that damn insurance lizard and that insurance girl dressed in white.

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Alien
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I keep thinkin the Mayhem guy from the AllState commercials needs to drop down on that prog store and just wreck sh*t up

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poppajoe49
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The mayhem guy needs to land on FLo, I hate that bitch!

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sa_rose
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I love the mayhem guy. As commercials go, they are the best in a long tme!

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poppajoe49
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My favorite was the one where R. Lee Ermey played the psychologist that yelled at the patient.

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DefHarryMelon
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While that commercial ranks way high on a few categories of worthiness, my fave starring ol’ R. is this less humorous one – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPPErUZ_HPk

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RobertW
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flashingscotsman
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Anything with R. Lee in it is a guaranteed winner.

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Alien
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LOL I forgot all about those.. If I needed therapy, that’s exactly what I’d pay for

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RobertW
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flashingscotsman
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That was a good one. They can even turn the sound up.

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KimmyQueen
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Yes this was definetly the number one issue this past election. Good for her!

:-/

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